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Wilson Makes Impact in Preseason

by Bryanna McDermott / Pittsburgh Penguins

Scott Wilson is showing why he deserves to play in the NHL. 

The 24-year-old notched three points in Saturday's 5-3 exhibition loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena, tallying assists on each of the Pens' first two goals before tipping in an Evgeni Malkin pass three minutes into the third period to bring Pittsburgh within one of the Jackets.

Wilson's three-point night continued his tirade through the preseason, where notched five points in five games (2G-3A).

The Oakville, Ontario native has been playing alongside Malkin and Chris Kunitz for the past two preseason games.

"I'm trying to play north-south and (Malkin) can get me the puck pretty quick," Wilson said. "He's one of the best set-up guys in the league, so it's nice playing with a guy like that."

Wilson scored the game-winner for the Pens on Sept. 30 against Chicago, his first goal since a lower-body injury sidelined him on March 11 for the remainder of the season. But Wilson is feeling 100 percent since recovering from his injury.

"I feel good," Wilson said. "I had a good summer training and probably had a week or two before I could've come back last season, but I've been skating almost the whole summer because I had a little bit of rust before that. So it feels pretty good."

And Wilson certainly looks good on the ice. His first assist of the day came on nice pass up the middle to defenseman Kris Letang, sending him in on a breakaway for the team's first goal.

"I knew 'Tanger' was on the ice, I don't know how he gets up there that fast," Wilson said with a laugh. "But 'Kuni' let me know someone was in the middle so I just tried to throw it in front of them and lucky enough he was able to put it in."

Seconds before Wilson tallied his goal, his previous shot bounced off the post during a scrum. But he was able to capitalize moments later.
"I couldn't believe that one didn't go in," Wilson said. "I think it was off a shoulder, the cross bar and a foot or something. But it was nice to get one after that for sure."

Wilson's play continues to impress the coaching staff as the training camp draws to a close, especially head coach Mike Sullivan.

"He's on the puck, he's physical when he had the opportunity, he's hard in the corners and he goes to the net," Sullivan said. "He has a great net drive, he's brave enough to go to the net and go to the battle areas. I think he had a great game tonight."

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